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Behind the Brand: Affordable, Ethereal Bridal Gowns by Katie May

Noel and Jean ruffled off-the-shoulder crepe mermaid gown

No one understands the modern bride like Katie May Neu, the designer and founder of Katie May Bridal and the Nordstrom-exclusive capsule collection Noel and Jean. Her entrée into the bridal industry happened in 2012 when her sister was getting married and couldn’t find the right dress to fit both her budget and her style. Katie May decided to make her sister’s fairy tale come true and designed the perfect gown for her. “For months I just walked around the Los Angeles garment district, searching. I found a patternmaker and I was able to find beautiful silk and the finest lace—I was just figuring it out,” says the designer. The gown her little sister wore on her wedding day is the now highly sought-after Princeville gown, a piece that defined the Katie May Bridal aesthetic. It launched a new career for the designer, whose sexy signature style appeals to soon-to-be brides searching for a gown that’s current, affordable and backless.

Katie May’s Noel and Jean capsule collection for Nordstrom maintains her feminine aesthetic, but what excites the designer most is its affordable price point. “It’s an opportunity to make bridal more accessible,” she says of the capsule. “I wanted to create gowns that won’t break the bank and are still really special.”

Here’s what else she had to say about these exclusive designs and what’s in store for the future of bridal.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE

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For Something New: Our Buyer’s Diary from Bridal Fashion Week

Spring bridal trends are aimed at nonconforming brides-to-be—she who prefers leather to tulle and jumpsuits over ball gowns. With elegant body-con shapes and convertible trains, even traditional silhouettes have been modernized to suit the contemporary woman. Our favorite trend? Variety, because no two fairy tales are the same. Below, peek inside Nordstrom buyer Sharon Wikstrom’s notes and see what excites her most about next season’s bridal.

 

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Olivia & Ryan | Real Weddings

An intimate, nautical-themed ceremony and reception in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, provided a romantic coastal setting for Olivia and Ryan’s southern celebration.

Olivia and Ryan | Real Weddings

The location:

We love the South! We visit South Carolina every year and decided this is where we wanted to tie the knot. We did not want the typical wedding. We wanted something totally unique. Having fewer than 50 guests gave us plenty of unique options!

Olivia and Ryan | Real Weddings

We were debating back and forth on whether we should have a beach wedding or a more inland wedding. Then we found the house and it took our breath away. It’s about a 5-minute drive from the beach and absolutely stunning. It is right on the inlet, so we had our own private dock. We had our own suite on the third floor, while the bridal party and our families had the first two floors—it was a blast being able to celebrate with everyone we love under the same roof for a few days. We had the ceremony in the front yard, overlooking the waterway, and the reception in the back, around the pool and in the first level of the house.

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Meet a Nordstrom Wedding Stylist

We asked Downtown Seattle Nordstrom Wedding Stylist Erin Marshall to tell us how she helps our customers’ wedding-style visions come to life.

So, what does a Nordstrom Wedding Stylist do?

I take care of all elements of style for any and all members of the wedding party, creating head-to-toe looks that coordinate with the bride’s vision and style for her big day.

I seriously have a girl’s dream job. I got married a year and a half ago, and can admit that I am a little obsessed with weddings. And clothes. So it all works out pretty well.

How should brides prepare for their first styling appointment?

Other than providing me with general information about their wedding day, size and style preferences, I recommend that brides browse Nordstrom.com before their first appointment. This gives them an idea of the styles we offer, and allows me to pull dresses similar to ones that sparked their interest online and have them ready when they come in.

What are some current wedding style trends?

Right now, the major colors I am seeing in bridal parties are tones of grey and purple. These were both popular for summer and are transitioning into fall as well. Another trend is chunky jewelry, like bib necklaces and thick, tiered necklaces, and bangles or several bracelets worn together.

Also, the short wedding dress is making a comeback. Brides are wearing them as a reception dress, or for destination weddings. I am recommending it for rehearsal dinners as well—because you will probably never be able to wear white two nights in a row again.

What do you think brides can get from a Nordstrom Wedding Stylist service that they can’t find anywhere else?

Brides can find everything under one roof with a Nordstrom Wedding Stylist. I recently had a bride ask me, “What else can you do? I am thinking that you can save me a lot of time and cut out a lot of stress….” So we ordered her bridesmaid dresses, bridesmaid shoes, shoes for her, accessories for her and gifts for her bridesmaids. Later, she had her first cosmetics consultation, which I also set up for her.

We also have the ability to cater to each individual bride’s needs. I meet some brides two months before their weddings, and others two years ahead. I can order wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses within a few days of a wedding, which is unusual in the wedding business. If a bride has more time before her wedding, we can style her for other wedding-related events, like her showers, rehearsal dinner and bachelorette party.

What do you find surprises brides the most about Nordstrom’s wedding services?

Brides are absolutely delighted by both our selection of wedding and bridesmaid dresses and the reasonable prices that accompany them. They are also surprised by how much fun and how easy shopping for a wedding can be. I often tell a bride that her wedding will be one of her most joyous days, and so should the time she spends shopping for it!

Make an appointment with a Nordstrom Wedding Stylist by calling 1-888-300-1295 or via Live Chat.

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